2016 Urban Environment

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Kanda Manabu  Yai Tetsuo  Asawa Takashi  Muromachi Yasunori 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Mon1-2(I4-B04/05)  Thr1-2(I4-B04/05)  
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Course description and aims

There are many kinds of environmental problems in urban areas where most people live. These environmental problems are closely related to safety, amenity and convenience in our daily lives. This course explains urban environmental problems from various aspects, including city level, community level and building level. This course also provides ways to manage these problems for realizing sustainable cities.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to propose ways to solve various urban environmental problems for realizing sustainable cities.



Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Professors give lectures in the classes. At the end of each class, students submit short summaries. These summaries are used for the evaluation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Building and the surrounding environment Understand the relationship between a building and the surrounding environment from viewpoint of physical phenomena.
Class 2 Energy use in urban areas and its effect on the environment Understand energy use in urban areas quantitatively and explain the process of anthropogenic heat release using related equations.
Class 3 Thermal problems in the urban environment Understand thermal problems (e.g. heat illness) in urban spaces and explain heat balance in urban spaces using related equations.
Class 4 Urban greening and its effect on the environment Understand the effects of urban greening on heat and water balances in urban areas.
Class 5 Assessment of building environmental efficiency Explain objective, framework and assessment method in Comprehensive Assessment System for Buildings Environmental Efficiency
Class 6 Global warming mechanism Understand the mechanism of global warming
Class 7 Mechanism of Urban Heat Island Understand the mechanism of Urban Heat Island
Class 8 Extreme Weather in the context of Urban Heat Island Understand the relationship between extreme weather and urban heat island
Class 9 Urban Water Circulation Understand urban water circulation: how different from natural water circulation
Class 10 Outdoor Thermal Sensation Understand the thermal sensation in outdoor environments by using energy balance theory of the human body
Class 11 Sustainability in transport policy Understand the fundamentals of sustainable national-urban-transportation planning
Class 12 Climate change and transport Understand measures for climate change in transport sector
Class 13 Bicycle Transport Policy and planning in Japan Understand the outlines of bicycle transport policy and planning system in Japan
Class 14 Environmentally-friendly Transport System with LAMAT in developing countries Understand the fundamentals of Locally Adapted Modified and Advanced Transport (LAMAT) system in developing countries
Class 15 Redesign of Road Space and Planning Process for a better environment Understand the ideas of redesigning of urban road space and the outline of participatory planning process for a better urban environment



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Related courses

  • ACE.B441 : Advanced Technology for Environmental Load Reduction I
  • ACE.B442 : Advanced Technology for Environmental Load Reduction II
  • ESD.D502 : Sustainable Campus Design

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